Scots vinyl lover quids in after Beyonce record pressed with punk tunes


A SCOTTISH lover of vinyl is set to make a killing from a bizarre bungle which saw a Beyonce album contain punk songs.

The superstar’s Lemonade album was the biggest record of last year but a tiny number of vinyl copies were pressed with songs by punk band ZEX.

Dale Lush could barely believe his ears when he played the record and got songs such as ‘Burn the Flag’, ‘Child Soldier’ and ‘No Sanctuary’ from ZEX’s album ‘Uphill Battle’ instead of Beyonce’s ‘Pray You Catch Me’, ‘Hold Up’ and ‘Sorry’.

The 37-year-old from Edinburgh has already been offered £500 for his record but is holding out in the belief it will be worth a great deal more.

It is believed that there are as few as 27 copies of the bizarre punk Beyonce album and Dale is the first person known to have got his hands on one, having paid £30.

He said: “Beyonce put out Lemonade last year and vinyl collectors like myself have been desperate to get hold of this.

“She put out a limited edition and I managed to get one. When I opened mine and put it on the decks it wasn’t Beyonce, it was Canadian punk band ZEX.

Dale Lush, with his freak Beyonce album, Lemonade, which has one full side of a punk band known as ZEX

“I was shocked, I didn’t know if it was coming out of the radio or where it was coming from because I was expecting Beyonce.

“For me as a vinyl collector it’s just really exciting to get hold of this.”

Dale, a DJ, then tried to find out what was going on by searching on social media for anyone else who had received the wrong version.

It has since gone worldwide with Sony issuing a statement apologising for their error, and Dale receiving cash offers for the record.

“I tweeted to try and see if anyone else had it but there was no replies”, he added.

Dale even got in touch with the lead singer of ZEX.

Dale Lush, with his freak Beyonce album, Lemonade, which has one full side of a punk band known as ZEX

“So I contacted the lead singer Gretchen Steel and spoke to her and she put it on her Facebook,” he said.

“She was asking for me to give her mine but she said she was skint so I just said ‘Well you will have to cough up the cash’.

“They’re still trying to contact me and saying, ‘just give it to us, it’s our music’.

“I’ve had offers of £500 for it but if it’s this rare I think I’m going to hold out for more and see if I can get a dealer to buy it.

“There is only a tiny amount, I read somewhere that there is only 27 copies but that is unconfirmed.”

Sony said on Monday: “Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé “Lemonade” vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A.

“Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

Lemonade is Beyonce’s sixth studio album and it was released in April last year.

It reached number number one in charts across the world and was made platinum, selling 2.5 million copies making it the highest selling album of 2016.

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